Stephen Ezell

Stephen Ezell
Vice President, Global Innovation Policy
Information Technology and Innovation Foundation
Phone: 
202-449-1349

Stephen Ezell is vice president, global innovation policy, at the Information Technology and Innovation Foundation (ITIF). He focuses on science and technology policy, international competitiveness, trade, manufacturing, and services issues.

He is the coauthor of Innovating in a Service-Driven Economy: Insights, Application, and Practice (Palgrave Macmillan, 2015) and Innovation Economics: The Race for Global Advantage (Yale, 2012).

Ezell comes to ITIF from Peer Insight, an innovation research and consulting firm he cofounded in 2003 to study the practice of innovation in service industries. At Peer Insight, Ezell led the Global Service Innovation Consortium, published multiple research papers on service innovation, and researched national service innovation policies being implemented by governments worldwide.

Prior to forming Peer Insight, Ezell worked in the New Service Development group at the NASDAQ Stock Market, where he spearheaded the creation of the NASDAQ Market Intelligence Desk and the NASDAQ Corporate Services Network, services for NASDAQ-listed corporations. Previously, Ezell cofounded two successful innovation ventures, the high-tech services firm Brivo Systems and Lynx Capital, a boutique investment bank.

Ezell holds a B.S. from the School of Foreign Service at Georgetown University, with an honors certificate from Georgetown’s Landegger International Business Diplomacy program.

Recent Publications

April 12, 2021

As technology and industry strategy experts, we commend Congress and the Biden administration for focusing on ensuring U.S. advanced technology competitiveness. Toward that end, we offer a number of recommendations for further action.

April 9, 2021

The United States and other developed, democratic societies have a moral obligation to ensure the world’s citizens receive COVID-19 vaccines and therapeutics. But there is absolutely no need to abrogate IP rights to fulfill that objective.

March 31, 2021

President Biden’s American Jobs Plan proposes many laudable and much-needed investments and programmatic improvements to America’s innovation system. But they will only succeed if they are part of a holistic approach that’s complemented by other equally necessary policies, such as investments in workforce training and STEM education, and maintaining robust IP protections.

March 9, 2021

Amidst an unprecedented pace of innovation, some 90 developing nations, led by India and South Africa, have petitioned the WTO’s TRIPS Council calling for a waiver to suspend all IP rights associated with COVID-19 innovations—again asserting the false narrative that IP rights inhibit access to medicines.

February 18, 2021

China’s mercantilist strategy to grab market share in the global semiconductor industry is fueling the rise of inferior innovators at the expense of superior firms in the United States and other market-led economies. That siphons away resources that would otherwise be invested in the virtuous cycle of cutting-edge R&D that has driven semiconductor innovation for decades.

February 18, 2021

The COVID-19 pandemic has wrought tremendous dislocations upon the global economy and society, and in recent weeks yet another impact has started to emerge: a shortage of certain semiconductor chips affecting a range of industries from automobiles to consumer electronics.

February 12, 2021

Requiring passengers to return negative COVID-19 tests as a condition to travel unfairly signals out the airline industry and would add exceedingly little benefit compared to the costs it would impose.

February 1, 2021

There is a growing sense something is amiss with the U.S. innovation system. It’s time for a vigorous initiative to restore belief in innovation’s potential as a force for social and economic progress, for the benefit of America and the world.

November 7, 2020

The president-elect’s overall approach to technology and innovation policy appears to be formulated to engage the government as an active partner alongside industry in spurring innovation—but also as a tougher regulator of many tech industries and technologies.

September 28, 2020

Tech policy broadly defined becomes more important each presidential election, and this one is no different. As it has in every cycle since 2008, ITIF provides a side-by-side comparison of the nominees’ positions on key issues related to the progress of technological innovation.

September 17, 2020

Many countries rightly seek to maximize their value added in the global semiconductor industry. But like-minded allied nations can also advance their leadership collectively by collaborating on technology and ecosystem development, intellectual property, and trade liberalization.

September 8, 2020

Despite the fact the WTO has consistently ruled against Europe’s launch aid practices, the European Union has continued to use the practice on subsequent generations of aircraft.

Recent Events and Presentations

April 29, 2021

Please join ITIF for an expert panel discussion about the report and the vital role IP has played throughout the pandemic.

April 21, 2021

Please join ITIF for an expert panel discussion exploring the groundbreaking innovations and policy considerations impacting the field of multi-cancer early detection.

March 25, 2021

ITIF and the Bayh-Dole Coalition hosted a joint video webinar that will clarify the provision’s intent and explain once and for all how Bayh-Dole’s march-in right can and cannot be used.

February 18, 2021

Stephen Ezell and Jaci McDole presented about Intellectual Property’s Impact on Global Health and Life-sciences Innovation to students at the University of Akron Law School on February 18, 2021.

February 12, 2021

Stephen Ezell presented to the UN Commission on Social Development on Lessons Learned from the Use of Digital Technologies to Promote Healthy Aging in the Era of COVID-19.

December 16, 2020

ITIF hosted a discussion on this critical issue. The event featured a keynote address by Simon Tripp of TEConomy Partners, author of the new report “Response and Resilience: Lessons Learned from Global Life Sciences Ecosystems in the COVID-19 Pandemic,” followed by an expert panel of respondents.

November 17, 2020

ITIF hosted a two-part forum on innovative state-level manufacturing policies.

October 26, 2020

Stephen Ezell gave a presentation on “Digital Trade Growth, Rule-Making, and Supply Chain Resiliency” to the 2020 WTO & RTA International Conference in Taipei, Taiwan on October 26, 2020.”

September 17, 2020

ITIF hosted an event featuring opening remarks by Sen. John Cornyn (T-TX) plus an expert panel discussion about a new report that will articulate how democratic, free-market economies can work together to enhance the innovation potential of their respective semiconductor industries while preserving the industry-led, market-based competition that has characterized the sector for a half-century.

September 15, 2020

Stephen Ezell gave a presentation about the federal policies needed to turbocharge America’s biomanufacturing renaissance at the AURP BioHealth Caucus Conference on September 15, 2020.

September 2, 2020

Stephen Ezell presented on how to enhance supply chain security between the United States and Taiwan at a U.S.-Taiwan Business Council event on September 2, 2020.

July 16, 2020

Marking the release of a new report, ITIF hosted a discussion with experts and leaders from leading biopharmaceutical startups to discuss current challenges and opportunities, and what the federal government should and should not do to maintain this unique American strength.